Republican House Speaker Tim Jones responded that he was “shocked” that Nixon would veto the bill, saying the Democratic governor is usually a supporter of gun rights.
“He generally has been an ardent supporter of the Second Amendment. I think he made a political, calculated move to veto House Bill 436,” Jones said. “I really don’t know what got to him other than special interest groups on the left.”
Jones brushed aside Nixon’s criticism of the bill: that it harkens back to the Civil War-era concept of nullification.
“The governor’s legal theories on this are just that: legal theories,” Jones said. “They are not the current state of the law of the land. Congress can pass all the laws, but it doesn’t make them de facto constitutional.”
Jones added that he believes the Supreme Court would find the bill to be constitutional.
Opponents of the law say there’s no reason to waste money on a federal court case which is sure to follow enforcement of this law. Attorney General Eric Holder already threatened Kansas with such action, to which they replied, “Bring it on.”
I predict the veto will be over-ruled this September.
Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Let me know in the comments.